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CJN, Rhodes-Vivour on panel to hear Atiku’s appeal — Ngwuta, Mary Odili missing

CJN, Rhodes-Vivour on panel to hear Atiku’s appeal — Ngwuta, Mary Odili missing
October 30
09:44 2019

Ibrahim Mohammed, chief justice of Nigeria (CJN), Bode Rhodes-Vivour and five other justices of the supreme court are on the panel hearing Atiku Abubakar’s appeal against the judgement of the tribunal affirming the election of President Muhammadu Buhari.

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Sylvester Ngwuta and Mary Odili, both senior justices, are not on the panel.

The constitution of the panel has been a subject of controversy.

A caucus of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the house of representatives had asked that Odili, Ngwuta and Rhodes-Vivour be appointed to the panel to hear the appeal.

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Atiku, PDP presidential candidate in the last election, had filed an appeal at the apex court to challenge Buhari’s victory at the election petition tribunal.

It is a tradition at the supreme court for senior justices, including the CJN, to preside over presidential election appeals.

Odili, a senior justice, is the wife of Peter Odili, former Rivers state governor and founding member of the PDP.

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Ngwuta, a senior justice, resumed duties at the supreme court in September after being prosecuted for alleged corruption by the Buhari administration.

Besides the CJN and Rhodes-Vivour, the other justices currently hearing the appeal are Olukayode Ariwoola, Amiru Sanusi, John Okoro, Ejembi Eko and Uwani Abba-ji.

1 Comment

  1. D.y
    D.y October 30, 11:12

    Nigeria (The Area of Darkness) is destroyed by her Judiciary.

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